ESA machine turns moondust into oxygen and metal to help first moon colonists survive

ESA machine turns moondust into oxygen and metal to help first moon colonists survive

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF This new machine turns the Moon into the equivalent of a motorway service station by helping astronauts create rocket fuel for onward missions to Mars, and oxygen for survival.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential...

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The US government unveils plans to build a nuclear power station on the Moon

The US government unveils plans to build a nuclear power station on the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When we do eventually build a colony on the Moon the colonists will need power, this is one way to achieve that, but there are others …   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote,...

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SpaceX’s Mars Starship aces first hop tests

SpaceX’s Mars Starship aces first hop tests

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF SpaceX’s Starship is a heavy lift rocket that will eventually transport thousands of tons of equipment and people into orbit and to Mars.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. SpaceX seems...

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SpaceX to build floating spaceports for rockets to the Moon and Mars, and hypersonic Earth travel

SpaceX to build floating spaceports for rockets to the Moon and Mars, and hypersonic Earth travel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk is inventing numerous industries and has ambitions to create the first human colony on Mars, and he’s getting closer to realising his goals.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential Academy, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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NASA unveils plans to grow homes on Mars and the Moon out of fungi

NASA unveils plans to grow homes on Mars and the Moon out of fungi

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As odd as this might sound it’s actually a very logical idea when you think about it, and NASA aren’t the first to think about growing homes or cities out of plants.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Scientists want to use a silica blanket to terraform Mars

Scientists want to use a silica blanket to terraform Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If we are going to colonise other planets then somehow we need to make them less inhospitable to life, and this is one step in the terraforming process.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently I wrote about...

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Bioengineering breakthrough paves the way for tomorrow’s superplants

Bioengineering breakthrough paves the way for tomorrow’s superplants

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Plants face a variety of stresses, whether it’s crops suffering as a result of climate change, or our new need to grow food on other planets, and this breakthrough makes engineering new plants faster.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote,...

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Scientists create Nanobionic plants that detect chemicals and could grow on Mars

Scientists create Nanobionic plants that detect chemicals and could grow on Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to bend nature to our will has its advantages, but it could also help us create plants that grow naturally on alien planets.   Plants are naturally amazing little machines so, naturally, scientists think that giving them a bionic leg up could unlock...

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Here’s how NASA plans to build on Mars and the Moon

Here’s how NASA plans to build on Mars and the Moon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the cost of launching equipment and people into space plummets the reality of colonising other planets is getting closer.   It’s one thing to send an astronaut to Mars to be an extraterrestrial tourist for a few hours. But if humanity wants to actually...

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Russia unveils new nuclear powered spacecraft destined for Mars

Russia unveils new nuclear powered spacecraft destined for Mars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many countries have tried to develop miniaturised nuclear reactors for space flight applications, but Russia’s by far the closest.   Elon Musk wants to travel to Mars using SpaceX’s planned monolithic rocket booster, the Big Falcon Rocket. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world in...

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SpaceX will launch it’s global satellite internet ambitions today

SpaceX will launch it’s global satellite internet ambitions today

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk’s company SpaceX wants to bring high speed, quality internet access to every person on Earth, and they’re starting today.   Now that the dust has settled from SpaceX’s first successful Falcon Heavy mission earlier this month, which was years in the planning, the...

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Dubai’s first Martian Colony will be on Earth, in Dubai

Dubai’s first Martian Colony will be on Earth, in Dubai

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai wants to operate a Martian colony on Mars before 2117, and now they’re planning a dress rehearsal on Earth   Just a few months on from announcing they were going to, one day, build their own colony on Mars by 2117, the United Arab...

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NASA’s new ion thruster smashes all the records

NASA’s new ion thruster smashes all the records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Chemical rockets are big, bulky and expensive, and once they run out of fuel they’re useless, Ion thrusters operate without fuel and could help propel humanity beyond our solar system.   A thruster that’s being developed for a future NASA mission to Mars broke several records during...

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Lockheed show off their orbiting Mars station concept

Lockheed show off their orbiting Mars station concept

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race for Mars is on and companies are now lining up to get astronauts into orbit, and onto, the red planet, and it’s only a matter of time before it happens.   At the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, last week rocket companies,...

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Musk unveils his plan to put a million people on Mars starting 2024

Musk unveils his plan to put a million people on Mars starting 2024

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that humanity will, at one point or another, become an interplanetary species, and Musk wants it to happen in the next decade.   It’s no secret that Elon Musk wants to, on the one hand, get to Mars himself, famously saying back in 2015...

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Travel to Mars for $200,000 on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Express

Travel to Mars for $200,000 on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Express

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Elon Musk wants you to live on Mars but today’s ticket price of $10 Billion is too high for most individuals so he has a plan to get it down to just $200,000.   Last year Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, delivered...

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Maiden flight of SpaceX rocket that will take tourists to the Moon lifts off in three months

Maiden flight of SpaceX rocket that will take tourists to the Moon lifts off in three months

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Falcon Heavy will be one of largest rockets ever built and one day it could be the spacecraft that makes Humanity an interplanetary species.   Elon Musk has been tweeting again and this time he’s telling everyone that the highly anticipated Falcon Heavy launch,...

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Elon Musk bought a boring machine but is it for LA or Mars?

Elon Musk bought a boring machine but is it for LA or Mars?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Los Angeles has a traffic problem, Mars has a radiation problem… Elon Musk has a boring machine, but is it headed for LA or Mars, and is he throwing us a red herring…?   After Elon Musk launched his latest company, Neuralink, whose sole purpose...

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The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust

The first Mars colony will be 3D printed from Martian dust

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The colossal distances involved in getting to Mars means that shipping equipment to Mars will be an expensive herculean effort so experts want everything to be made in situ   A new 3D printing technique could let the first humans on Mars print everything from...

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SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will attempt upper stage recovery

SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will attempt upper stage recovery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Re-using rockets, let alone the world’s largest, is fraught with technical challenges but Musk is confident he can overcome them and dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration   On Friday, after the successful re-use of its Falcon 9 rocket, Elon Musk surprised people by...

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